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Are Figure Skating Costumes Really That Bad?

Every Olympics I get all kinds of tweets, emails and texts from friends reeling from some pretty terrible figure skating costumes. Believe me, I know they exist. There are numerous blogs, like this Tumblr Skating Fugly, dedicated to gross get-ups. But, let’s be honest. Not every Olympic sport wins when it comes to costuming and [...]

World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France

The countdown is on… three weeks till the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. I’ll be at the final events for the mens, womens and pairs competitions and will report back. In the meantime, I’m going out on a limb and making predictions. Here goes! Dance: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. These two are [...]

The Joy of Adult Figure Skating

The Science of Choking, Figure Skating Style

With Worlds underway in Moscow this week I was especially captivated reading the chapter “The Art of Failure” in Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, What the Dog Saw. In this article, originally published in the New Yorker in 2000, Gladwell investigates the difference between choking and panicking. According to Gladwell (and the scientists he interviews) panic [...]

Yep, It’s Four Years Till Sochi

Regular readers will have noticed my lack of enthusiasm for the beginning of this year’s figure skating season. I was ready for it all to begin in September, but was reminded watching Skate Canada and Skate America that it is indeed four years till Sochi. That means many new, young faces and the start of [...]

Does Figure Skating Need to Man Up?

Seven-time Canadian Champion Elvis Stojko has been speaking out about a lack of masculinity in the men’s figure skating event. As a life-long figure skating fan, I too have seen a rise in effeminate costumes and choreography. When Dick Button, Brian Boitano and Kurt Browning were skating, men didn’t do ladylike layback spins or make [...]

My Take: Bourne and Nichol Inspire Rochette

Joannie Rochette was more than 13 points ahead of Mao Asada when she won the Trophée Eric Bompard Cachemire competition last weekend. More than 13 points ahead of a world champion. That must be music to the ears of the Canadian champ from Île-Dupas, Quebec, who looks like a different woman on the ice this [...]

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution in Ice Dance

Yesterday my husband was reviewing his music collection and played a few tunes I hadn’t heard in a long time. One was “Revolution” by The Beatles. I was immediately reminded of the mind blowing “Revolution” dance piece by Torvill and Dean, first performed in 1989. I’ve always loved this piece and remember how very surprising [...]

Survival of the Fastest

I was reminded about the perils of free skating sessions last week when I read this wonderful short essay from Current Skate of Mind about surviving a busy free skate session. If you’ve been bold enough to step on to a senior free skating session, you know it takes the concentration of an air traffic [...]